At the Circular Living Symposium 2019 in Bangkok at the end of June, Alpla and PTT Global Chemical (GC) announced they are partnering on a feasibility study for the construction of a new recycling plant in Thailand. The decision was prompted by the growing demand for recycled plastics in, among others, Southeast Asia, said ALPLA Regional Manager Bernd Wachter, adding that Alpla is expert in the processing of these materials into new packaging.
Packaging specialist Alpla already owns and operates two recycling plants in Austria and Poland and has joint ventures in Germany and Mexico. The company has extensive experience and expertise in the manufacture of food-grade recyclates
As PTT Group’s chemical flagship, GC has committed to the principles of the circular economy with the aim of always optimising the use of resources. Together, the two companies are now investigating the prospects of further activities in Thailand.
“GC will work with ALPLA to conduct a study on investing in the first high-quality circular plastic recycling plant in Thailand, including materials such as rPET and rHDPE,” said Supattanapong Punmeechaow, President and CEO of GC.
The companies will make a decision on whether to go forward with the project in the third quarter of this year after reviewing the results of the study.